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Feb 20, 2011 11:00am EST
carter, the pentagon acquisition chief on the 2012 >>> welcome to "this week in defense." the obama administration has submitted its $553 billion- dollar budget request to congress, the largest ever, and is seeking another $118 billion for operations in afghanistan and iraq. but there's pressure from capitol hill to cut government spending and defense to rein the deficit. the house voted to end funding for a second engine nor the fighter eric watershed that indicates congress's willingness to cut defense spending. leaders are pressing for deeper cuts that defense secretary robert gates said would be devastating for military capabilities. here to talk about this budget, programs and industrial policy is ash carter, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. welcome back to the show. >> good to be back. >> let's started off with the emotional testimony we had last week where defense secretary gates made a plea to not look at the defense department for further cuts and made a plea to actually get a functioning budget. what is the -- what is so bad about ha
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